Lesson 8: Action Research & OD

Lesson 8: Action Research & OD

 Action research is a process, an ongoing series of events and actions.
 Definition:

o Action research is the process of systematically collecting research data about an ongoing
system relative to some objective, goal, or need of that system;
o feeding these data back into the system;
o taking actions by altering selected variables within the system based both on the data and
on hypotheses; and
o evaluating the results of actions by collecting more data.
Wendell L French and Cecil Bell define organization development (OD) at one point as “organization

improvement through action research”.



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